Photo-A-Day 2.0 #00478
I received a copy of the Escape Puzzle: The Curse of the Wolves from Ravensburger to try out and review. Opinions are my own.Each April vacation we try and keep things low key. When I was at Toy Fair this year I knew that we would be heading to upstate New York to a quiet AirBNB to spend quality family time. That turned into the whole Coronavirus quarantine and we ended up having to cancel that trip but we spent plenty of quality family time together. Luckily we still had the puzzle that we would be working on together.
I noticed the Escape Puzzle called The Curse of the Wolves at the Ravensburger booth and it was something I had never heard of or seen before. You solve the puzzle but you also have to figure out how to escape from the tricky situation that you find yourself in from the puzzle. In this case you stumble upon five wolves in the forest. What do you do to escape.
What makes this 759 piece puzzle tricky is that what you see on the front of the box is not what the final puzzle will look like. This is the first time that I have ever worked on a puzzle like that before. While many of the elements that are on the box are also found within the image on the final puzzle things are not in the same place and many other things are added. I spent several hours the first day building the frame for the puzzle and even then I had pieces left over ad the frame feels too big on one side than the other. I feel like there were some intentionally added extra pieces or something.
I knew that there were five wolves in the final puzzle so I began working on finding and assembling the wolves. Then I left it for a while and Allison picked it up and she put everything together in the middle of the puzzle. She put the wolves in their spots and filled in lots of gaps. However, that was the easiest part of things because now we just have colors and lots of dark pieces to put down and very little clue as to where they now go.
Here is where we left it after the week and we’ll go back over the next week or so to try again to complete the puzzle and solve the mystery.
The puzzle itself is really good quality. the pieces fit together easily and the artwork is good. The concept of an escape room type puzzle is very interesting and I am looking forward to solving this mystery.
While at Toy Fair Ravensburger also gave us a credit to use to make our own puzzles with our own photos. We had one made up for my parents as a thank you for having us at the Cape this Summer. We decided to give ti to them early because puzzles are a great thing to do when you have plenty of time. My dad really enjoys them and now he can make one with his favorite grandkids on it.